• Mission Work/Kenya's Digo Tribe

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    A 15 page research paper/mission proposal that outlines the parameters for a suggested mission to the Digo Tribe of Kenya. Bibliography lists 11 sources.

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    Digo are the second largest tribe in the region and the only Mijikenda tribe to be almost entirely Muslim, which is a cause of pride among the Digo.2 The following  examination of the Digo Tribe focuses on the tribal history and customs as background to informing future Christian mission work among them, in the sincere belief that they can be  successfully led to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Background information History: During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Digo struggled to survive due to famine.3  One survival tactic hat evolved was to either self themselves or their children as slaves, which was a practice known as "kore" or blood money."4 This sale of human bodies  provided collateral for a loan that allowed families to purchase food. The hope was that by paying back the loan, the person sold into slavery could be ransomed. However, in  many cases, the debt could not repaid and the family member had to remain a slave. The fact that Islam prohibits slavery made this religion very attractive to the Digo,  as many of the "Digo who were brought into Mombasa as slaver later obtained their freedom by converting to Islam."5 In addition to knowing facts about the Digo people, it  behooves any missionary traveling to Kenya to be aware of that countrys recent history and political climate. The CIA World Factbook indicates that the founding president and central political icon  for the country of Kenya was Jomo Kenyatta, who led Kenyas fight for independence.6 Kenyatta led the country from 1963 until the time of his death in 1978.7 For most  of the last forty years, Kenya has been ruled by a one-party system, as the Kenya African National Union (KANU) has held tight control of political power. However, political liberation 

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